Definition of translation
1 : an act, process, or instance of translating: such asa : a rendering from one language into another; also : the product of such a renderingb : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversionc (1) : a transformation of coordinates in which the new axes are parallel to the old ones (2) : uniform motion of a body in a straight line
2 : the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription 3
translationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of translation in a Sentence
She is working on a translation of the novel.
a new translation of the Iliad
There were English translations on the menu.
the translation of economic power into political strength
First Known Use of translation
TRANSLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of translation for English Language Learners
: words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
: the act or process of translating something into a different language
: the act or process of changing something from one form to another
TRANSLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of translation for Students
: the act, process, or result of changing from one form or language into another
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